Here, both for fun and the sake of the Earth, I’m going to show you the what’s, why’s and how’s of the fantastic creation that is the Earthship.
First off, quickly answer this question: Are you tired of working a job that just barely helps you keep a roof over your head and food in your belly?
If you answered “no, I’m a high earner and just so happen to live comfortably,” then, you lucky person you, ask yourself this: Do you care about EARTH? This beautiful planet that we’re blessed to reside upon- there’s a reason she’s referred to as ‘Mother’ Earth.
What is an Earthship?
Well, to put it bluntly, Earthships are the most awesome housing creations ever known. I don’t think I’m being too biased there, but do listen to reason. And they’re not as primitive as you might first think- they’re actually pretty modern inside and out. But you can see that for yourselves…
Made almost from completely recycled, reusable resources such as tyres, glass and wood, Earthships still allow all the creature comforts any regular first-world Westerner would expect.
Why do we need them?
Let’s face facts: time is running out for Earth. Unless we want to end up with a giant, desolate rock full of dust like Mars, then we need to do something.
Architecture has come a long way, as has technology. Now it’s time to start utilising both to do amazing things for the Earth and humanity. Things need to evolve.
Mother Earth cannot continue to harbour the consumption of goods or guzzling of gas. We’re all already aware that global warming is no longer a myth. And we’re all certainly aware that pollution is continually increasing and our airspace is suffering. Not to mention the horrific landfills that permeate our soil, spilling out leftover consumer waste like there’s no tomorrow.
Well, pretty soon there may well be no tomorrow. Which is why we have to act today. And I believe Earthships really are the way forward for humanity. Sustainable living is soon going to be a necessity, because Mother Earth cannot cope with the current amount of strain on her resources.
Not to mention, people everywhere are starving. People cannot afford to pay their bills and are often choosing between food, heat and water. Why should any human be subject to this, when we have all the knowledge needed in our hands?
So imagine a life where your utility bills are not even £100 per year. That’s right, per year. Because your Earthship creates heat, collects water and grows fruit and vegetables. And they start from £7000. And for around £70,000, you could have one in which you practically live in luxury! That’s half the price of a bog standard, back to basics house in England.
And they needn’t be just exclusive to already fortunate Westerners- one of the long term objectives of the Earthship project is to make them available in less developed countries, where people’s quality of life would be drastically improved.
Earthships also house their own greenhouses. So imagine just leaning from your kitchen over to your greenhouse corridor and deciding what you want to throw in your soup or which fruit to eat for breakfast. Nobody would need to go hungry ever again.
How the heck?
Earthships are made from natural, recycled materials. The basic structure is actually made from old tyres filled with… yep, earth. Throw in some old glass bottles and aluminium cans, and you have yourself a wall with some amazing stained-glass effects.
Water is collected by a cleverly designed roof, which filters it through a special cistern and is utilised throughout the building. No kidding, the water is actually reused again and again for drinking, bathing, toilets and watering plants. You can read more about the filtration system here.
Solar panels are used to generate heat, and wind is harnessed to generate electricity. Might I state again, how you can have one of these homes for as little as £7000?
One of the best things about these wonderful creations is you don’t need any building or construction knowledge to build one.
My vision of the future includes an array of these beauties, perhaps Earthship communities where everybody does their part for their community in peace and harmony. And this isn’t even an ‘ideal’ world- people are already living like this!
Perhaps the peace and harmony are a little too John Lennon for some people, but come on. Who wouldn’t appreciate an abundance of fresh, naturally grown, GMO-free fruit and vegetables, right inside their house? Or practically zero utility bills? Just imagine how different every day would be. No more grafting as an economic slave just to survive. Totally legitimate, sustainable, economically friendly, off the grid living. We could all actually live!
To learn more about Earthships or get information on building your own, check out www.earthship.com and www.lowcarbon.co.uk/earthship-brighton
Peace and Love.